Chipmunks eating tomatoes - help!
I've had many responses at another site, but no one suggested garlic.
This year, I tried soybeans for the first time. They were an attractive plant and I looked forward to making edamame (soybeans boiled in salted water in their skins - supposedly very popular as a snack food in Japan). I noticed one pod had the 'chipmunk mark of attack' on it. The next day, every single soybean had been eaten.
I can't thank you enough for this suggestion. It may save tomatoes, soybeans and other vegetables from attack.
Thanks for restoring my hope!
The Hav-a-hart live traps you mentioned are probably for squirrels and not chipmunks, if the chipmunks are getting out. The wire mesh that the trap is made from has openings too large - the chipmunks can wriggle through very small openings. The trap doors typically have a small latching mechanism to hold the door shut once the trap's gone off. (I've used these types of traps before on everything from squirrels to raccoons...)
Anyway - if you have pets, and you can save their fur/hair after brushing them, it might be a solution. Good luck!
Jim D/Heathsville, VA
The Hav-a-hart traps we used were for mice which we've successfully trapped in our cellar.
However, in the garden, we'd find them upended the next morning with the trap door opened and the food inside gone.
This happened so many times, it was clearly a pattern.
I'd also heard of the idea of pet fur, but that, too, failed.
Years ago, we tried to grow strawberries in front of our large living room window.
When the berries were nearing the ripening stage, we put out the fur of our 3 cats and 2 dogs (one of which was a collie).
We watched these little chipmunk devils check out the fur cautiously and then proceeded to walk on top of it and 'dine' on 7 strawberries.
Within 2 days, all the strawberries were gone.
That was 15 years ago and the chipmunk problem has only grown worse and expanded to more crops.
Someone offered the suggestion that the chipmunks were looking for water when chewing into the tomatoes. We put out many shallow bowls of water (30 bowls), but the tomatoes were still eaten.
I nevertheless thank you for your suggestions because they might help some other people who don't have as bold chipmunks as we do.
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